Pests in Food
Pests commonly found in food, also known technically as Stored Product Insects, covers a large number of insects. They can infest a variety of stored products in particular foodstuffs such as grains, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and even tobacco.
Stored grain insects are a health hazard in both private homes and businesses like food processing plants, warehouses, bakeries, stores, restaurants, mills, farms and silos. They can also cause enormous economic losses through damage and contamination of food products.
Any contamination will make your food unfit for human consumption.
Identifying and removing the source of the infestation is a critical part of effectively controlling these pests.
Businesses like food processing or grain storage can greatly benefit from an ongoing professional pest management program to contain and eradicate infestations along with high standards of hygiene and sanitation, including stock rotation practices in accordance with any applicable regulations.
About 75% of beetle species are phytophagous in both the larval and adult stages, and live in or on plants, wood, fungi, and a variety of stored products, including cereals, tobacco, and dried fruits.
Lice & Mites
Many species of mites and lice are associated with human habitation and several are well known as pests of stored products.
Stored products moths are very hardy and can adapt themselves to almost any conditions and locations. Food products are attacked from time they are in the field until they are consumed.
Signs of a pests in food
Discovering pests in your stored cupboard foodstuffs can be distressing. Owing to the risk of contamination they will most likely spoil and damage any food they come into contact with. In your home, this may mean you throw out some stored flour or sugar but in your business the financial loss from damaged goods will be much higher.
It is important to be able to identify the earliest signs of a problem to enable a quick solution and a guaranteed control measure which prevents a re-infestation. Common signs of stored product insects include:
- damage to store product, live or dead insects (small beetles and moths), larvae, pupae or silken webbing on food storage bins on shelves
- infestation, holes, larvae or webbing on the outside of packets or bags
- larvae, pupae or silken webbing in food harbourages in cracks and crevices around shelves or on machinery
- larvae, pupae or silken webbing in food spillages
- larvae, pupae or silken webbing on beams and window sills
- Indications of the pests in insects traps or rodent stations
Where to find stored products insectsIf you suspect a problem, it is also worth knowing where these pests may be hiding. Stored product insects can live in dried products such as:
- Stored grain
- Dried fruits
- Milled and processed cereal products
- Dry ginger
- Dried fish and any other dried food
Stored Product Pest Control Treatments for your business
Stored product pests often live within food for human consumption. In order to control insects within food, the food must be removed or destroyed in such a manner that it will not disperse the infestation, or treated in a way that presents no hazards in its end use.
Jentel Pest Management can help your business with effective management, ensuring minimum disruption to your operation and full compliance with health and safety and any food legislation obligations.
Why call in a professional pest controller for your stored product pest control?
If pest activity is found then control methods will involve either small isolated treatments or if the infestation is extensive and throughout the premises it may be necessary to treat the entire premises using space treatments. Preventing product contamination is Jentel Pest Managements number one priority.